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Be a Contestant on 'Jeopardy'

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'Jeopardy!' contestant Dan Pawson won 9 games in season 24

'Jeopardy!' contestant Dan Pawson won 9 games in season 24

courtesy Sony Pictures

Getting a coveted spot on Jeopardy is no easy task. Not only is the selection process quite rigid, but there are thousands of people applying each and every year to be on the show. If you think you've got what it takes to become a Jeopardy champion, here's how to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

As usual, there are some requirements that must be met by potential Jeopardy contestants. These include:

  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Kids Week applicants must be between the ages of 10 and 12. Teen applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 17, and enrolled in high school. College applicants must be full-time undergraduates with no prior degree.

  • Applicants may not have appeared on any edition of Jeopardy hosted by Alex Trebek.

  • Applicants must not have appeared on any other game show, reality show, dating show, or relationship show in the last year, or on three or more of these shows within the past ten years.

  • Applicants must not be related to or employed by anyone who works for Sony Pictures, King World Entertainment, Sullivan Compliance Company, or any television stations that broadcast Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy.

Online Test

The first step in the application process is the online test. These tests are taken at the official Jeopardy website, but only during specified testing periods. These dates are announced on the show, and there are different dates and tests for the basic show as well as the special tournaments and theme weeks that are held each season.

The basic test is for adult applicants, and there are also kids, teens, and college tests available. Adult tests may only be taken once a year.


Auditions at the Jeopardy studio in Culver City, California are held several times during the year. There are also local auditions, which are filled by those who have taken and passed the online test.

Jeopardy auditions start with a timed, written test which is made up of 50 Jeopardy-style questions. Applicants must watch a video of Alex Trebek asking the questions, and then record their answers on their answer sheets.

Those who pass the test move on to a round of mock Jeopardy games. Applicants are judged based on how clearly they speak, how decisive they are, and how well they project their enthusiasm for the game.

After the games, each applicant must do a brief "personality interview" with the production staff.

Tips for Jeopardy Auditions

  • Be on time! Production will not wait for late arrivals.

  • Dress as you would if you were going to be on the show.

  • The entire audition process will take about two hours.

  • Auditions are free of charge, but the Jeopardy staff are not responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred in order to audition for the show.

Those contestants who are chosen to be on Jeopardy are contacted by a contestant coordinator with all the details they'll need to know, within 18 months of the audition.

The Brain Bus

Another way to get a shot at being a contestant on Jeopardy is to attend a Brain Bus event. The Brain Bus is a traveling tour bus that goes across the country promoting the show and looking for potential contestants.

The first 1,000 attendants at each Brain Bus event are guaranteed a 10-question pre-test. After the test, mock Jeopardy games are played and, while no cash is awarded, prizes are given out to all who play. Based on the pre-test and the mock games, potential contestants may be invited to California to audition for the show.

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